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THIS WEEK'S RESOURCES
  1. "Dual-Rate Income Tax" System is a Good Tax Code Fix
  2. For the Class of 2005, Accounting Jobs Abound
  3. Tax Shelters Remain a Mystery to Many Affluent Investors
  4. IRS Announces the 2005 Dirty Dozen Tax Scams
  5. GAO Report: Tax Schemes Saved Fortune 500 Companies Billions
  6. Internet Start-ups Take on "Personal Brand Management"
  7. 30% of Execs. Were Asked to Compromise Their Integrity
  8. CCE Designation Worth $20,000, Says Recent Survey
  9. Study Reveals Midwest and South Offer Best Work-Life Balance
  10. Competition Begins Early for Plum Summer Internships
  11. Average Combined Sales Tax Rate Reaches Record Level

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THIS WEEKS RESOURCES
  1. "Dual-Rate Income Tax" System is a Good Tax Code Fix

As the President's Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform begins meeting to discuss revamping the current tax code, a new Cato Institute study proposes a simpler alternative that would have most Americans paying just 15 percent.

  1. For the Class of 2005, Accounting Jobs Abound

The job market for the Class of 2005 is predicted to be the best since the Class of 2000. The majors most in demand are accounting, business administration, marketing, computer science and engineering.

  1. Tax Shelters Remain a Mystery to Many Affluent Investors

Don't assume that wealthy investors know all the tricks to avoiding taxes. More than two-thirds (70%) of affluent investors admit they have little to no knowledge of tax shelters.

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  1. IRS Announces the 2005 Dirty Dozen Tax Scams

The Internal Revenue Service on Monday unveiled its annual listing of notorious tax scams, the "Dirty Dozen," reminding taxpayers to be wary of schemes that promise to eliminate taxes or otherwise sound too good to be true.

  1. GAO Report: Tax Schemes Saved Fortune 500 Companies Billions

Estimated multi-year potential tax revenue lost to the federal government from auditor-related transactions was about $3.4 billion (about $1.8 billion in categories IRS considered abusive).

MORE RESOURCES...

  1. Internet Start-ups Take on "Personal Brand Management"
  2. 30% of Execs. Were Asked to Compromise Their Integrity
  3. CCE Designation Worth $20,000, Says Recent Survey
  4. Study Reveals Midwest and South Offer Best Work-Life Balance
  5. Competition Begins Early for Plum Summer Internships
  6. Average Combined Sales Tax Rate Reaches Record Level

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  1. The Firm of Tomorrow....Ready, Set...Grow!

For years, the Big Four have used business development professionals. Now, Sarbanes/Oxley and other environmental changes make it a wise best practice for mid-size firms, as well. Although smaller firms have greater potential to pursue larger, more sophisticated clients, they may lack the needed large opportunity development skills.

  1. How do you Spell a Healthy Organization: R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Senior managers need to be sensitized about the importance of respecting each other, their direct reports, and all employees. Make respect for employees an important part of the company mission. Communicate the mission widely and consistently to all employees.

  1. Can We Talk? Surveying Your Prospects and Clients

How do you keep informed of your customers' opinions? How do you know they're continually satisfied? That they value your company? That they feel appreciated? Gathering this data objectively, accurately and quickly can be difficult. Yet it's critical in today's competitive marketplace.

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FIRMS, PEOPLE AND TRENDS

  1. Chattanooga-Based CPA Firm Joins Newly Formed Association
  2. SEC Chairman Announces New Appointments
  3. President's Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform Announces Staff
  4. PCAOB Announces Leaders of Chicago, Denver Offices
  5. Accounting Professors Endorse Computerized Uniform CPA Exam
  6. AICPA Seeks Comments on Practice Aid for Mortgage Bankers
  7. Gershon, Pierce, Lissak & Co. Merges with WithumSmith+Brown
  8. Thomson Acquires Tax Partners, LLC

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  1. U.S. Companies Changing Audit Firms at Record Pace
  2. Companies Pushing For Lower Audit Fees for 2005
  3. IRS Clarifies Capital Gains and Losses
  4. Ernst & Young Sued For Its Computer Associates Audit
  5. Money Flowing into Tax-Free "Dynasty Trusts"

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